Demos & POCs

Alex Entrekin

Template Updates — Visual Studio 2015 & More!

December 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint, Training


CloudShare templates are one of the easiest way to start a project – grab a pre-configured machine or an entire multi-machine environment, and skip straight to the customization.  The CloudShare template team builds and updates these constantly, and we are glad to work with the community to accept and promote helpful templates.

This week, we are glad to share both.  Asif Rehmani, Microsoft MVP and SharePoint expert, added an “In-Context Sharepoint Training Environment”. The indefatigable Juan Carlos added two Visual Studio 2013 and 2015 templates, and our team added some updates of their own.  Check it out!

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Juan Carlos

Installing Visual Studio 2015 Preview Step by Step in a CloudShare Environment!

November 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test | Tags:


As you know, Microsoft is currently working in a new version of Visual Studio named Visual Studio 2015. It is currently available as preview in this URL.  In this article I will show you how the installation process from CloudShare for Visual Studio 2015 Preview is quite straightforward and easy to follow:

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Alex Entrekin

Build, Test, Repeat!

November 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint, Training


Building test environments should be easy — not just simple if it’s a simple configuration, or simple for experienced IT.  When on-premise infrastructure, legacy code, and new projects are involved, building and testing becomes complicated.  Thankfully, CloudShare and its users have been solving these problems for a long time.

Each week, CloudShare’s solutions team and inquisitive users discuss their solutions in a weekly webinar.  Together, we cover topics like synching on-premise networks and the cloud, simple methods for (moving closer to) continuous integration, and more.

Some Common Questions:

  • Can I work in secure offline setting with a CloudShare environment?
  • Can I connect to an on-premise network and it’s directories?
  • We want to move to nightly builds, how can you help?
  • How can my work be moved to a production environment?

Read below to learn about this week’s topic: “hybrid clouds”.

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Juan Carlos

SharePoint 2013 & SharePoint Online: How many site templates do I have available?

October 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint | Tags: , ,


A common decision we have to take when we need to create a Site Collection or a Site in SharePoint 2013 OnPremises or SharePoint Online is about the base site template we are going to use to start modeling a specific site. One of the aspects where SharePoint 2013 OnPremises has “some advantage” compared with SharePoint Online is on the number of site templates we have available in each case: SharePoint OnPremise has more site templates than SharePoint Online.

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Juan Carlos

SharePoint: How To re-start SharePoint Timer Service using PowerShell / Custom Code!

September 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint, Training | Tags: ,


In this article I will show you how to re-start al the instances of the SharePoint Timer Service in a SharePoint farm by means of PowerShell and the Server Side Object Model. Both approaches are quite similar as you will see in the code. Let’s start :-).

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Juan Carlos

How to create and update SharePoint Property Bags from a CSV file!

September 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, SharePoint, Training | Tags: , ,


As you know, SharePoint Property Bags are a powerful mechanism we have available in SharePoint to create and define configuration properties at the different logical levels in the platform architecture: Farm, Web Application, Site Collection, Site, List / Document Library and Folder). SharePoint Property bags are very useful to store configuration properties such as Database connection strings, specific data for the solutions we are building, etc. Finally, It’s a best practice to use Property Bags to store and retrieve such configuration properties required by our SharePoint solutions. In this article I will so you how to create and update SharePoint Property Bags from a CSV file using PowerShell so you can automate the process of maintaining your Property Bags in your SharePoint deployment.

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Juan Carlos

How To Convert a date in ISO 8061 format to a DateTime format!

September 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint | Tags: , ,


This time I would like to share a quick tip with you that allows you to solve typical problems you can find when working with dates in your SharePoint code: how to convert a date in ISO 8061 format to a .NET DateTime format. For instance, this situation happens when you have to update a list item field inside the code of a SharePoint event receiver and the field type to process is just a SharePoint DateTime field.

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Juan Carlos

How To Import Search Query Suggestions using PowerShell!

July 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint, Training | Tags: , ,


Undoubtedly, SharePoint search is one of the most powerful features available in the platform not only for the out of the box features but also for the multiple extensibility points provided. In this post we will see how we can improve the search user experience through search query suggestions imported in SharePoint using the power provided by PowerShell. Read the rest of this entry »


Juan Carlos

How to determine the size of the SharePoint Content DBs in a SharePoint Farm!

June 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test, SharePoint, Training | Tags: ,


One of the most common administration tasks when managing a SharePoint environment is to have under control the sizes of the SharePoint content databases available in a SharePoint farm. Although there are several possibilities to get this information, I recommend you to use Windows PowerShell so you can take advantage of the features and great capabilities it provides when doing SharePoint administration task. As you will learn in this article, you can easily get the size for your SharePoint Content Databases by means of a PowerShell Script.

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Chris Riley

We are developers too!

June 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Demos & POCs, Dev / Test | Tags: , , ,


CloudShare is a tool that many developers have made apart of their day-to-day work. And that platform has to be built just like any other application.  Our awesome team of developers faces the same processes and challenges that the entire development world does, and they want to share their story with you.

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